It looks like a blood sausage, but tastes FAR from it! Salame al Cioccolato will surprise your dinner guests with it’s decadent flavor.
I am so so SO excited to be sharing this recipe with you. I know some of you probably have seen this chocolate salami floating around blogs and Pinterest, but it’s not a mainstream recipe. At least it’s not in my book.
I think I saw this probably two years ago when I first really started to get into food blogging and not just blogging about the recipes I’ve tried. MAN! That seems like forever ago! I couldn’t wait to try it but just never really had it at the top of the list. For good reason….
The hubs just doesn’t enjoy chocolate as much as I do.
Honestly, he just doesn’t enjoy dessert as much as I do. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some savory stuffs, but I also love a good chocolate. Like darker than most would like to eat chocolate. I could go a good 70% to 80% cocoa. Honestly. I’m weird that way. Milk chocolate? Can’t stand it. It’s too sweet for me! I wanna taste the bite, the slight bitter, the almost alcohol type flavor in chocolate. That’s how I roll.
I used Biscoff cookies in my salame. No, not because they’re popular and almost every food blogger has a recipe using them in some shape or form; at least that’s what it seems like. I used them because I have to admit, these things are fabulous!! I had no idea about these babies until I started traveling to Colombia.
The airline I flew on served it with the lunch or dinner meals and that’s how I got hooked. These cookies are insanely addictive. I couldn’t help but nibble on half the package a few of these cookies while I was making my salame. Come on! Like you’ve never “quality controlled” your ingredients before you made a recipe. Don’t judge!
I also tasted the chocolate.
I wanted to make sure the combination of the unsweetened I already had in the pantry meshed well with the dark chocolate I purchase for his recipe. Combined with the sweetened condensed milk, it’s a perfectly sweet with the dark richness of chocolate combination. Imagine the sweet of milk chocolate but the flavor of dark and you’ve nailed it. For me, it’s perfect!
Now, pair this perfect combination of dark chocolate, delicious cookies, and salty pistachios and oh my word it’s heaven on a cracker. Or a cookie. Honestly, you can put this on either. Take a nice, slightly salty, savory cracker and put this dessert salame on top and it’s an amazing combination of sweet and savory. Put this on a like a vanilla wafer or other thin, butter cookies and *mind blown* seriously.
Now, I have to confess because this a bit messy to make.
You’re going to stir in the condensed milk and the vodka and wonder “what in the world” before you finally get it all to blend in together and become and somewhat cohesive mass. Then, you’re supposed to pour all of this over the cookies and pistachios and expect it to just come together like relatives at a reunion. And like relatives at a reunion, there’s just going to be some that’ll take a minute to fall in line with the rest of the ingredients. Do a Dory and just keep stirring. Trust me on this one. It will all come together and you’ll just have an amazing bowl of ganache type cookie and pistachio filled goodness.
Once this comes together, you’ll have to spread it out onto plastic wrap or parchment and roll it up into a salami type shape. This is where it can get messy. You see, this recipe makes two salamis and not just one. That’s the mistake I made that I’m trying to warn you about. Make two. Not one. If you stick with that then you won’t be coated in chocolate from hand to elbow like I was. Trust me on this one. If you divide it into two, you will NOT be a chocolate coated mess.
Once refrigerated, you can roll it in the powdered sugar and slice it for your crackers or cookies; whichever floats your boat. I’m leaning towards crackers unless I can find some not so sweet cookies. Butter thins, maybe? I know there’s some Swedish butter thins at the store. I might try those. Top with a dollop of marscapone or whipped cream and some shavings of chocolate and you have a nice little nibble of a dessert. OR you could do a cheese and fruit dessert with this salami.
Genius! I’m a genius.
Either way you decide to serve it, this Salame al Cioccolato comes together quickly, has incredible flavor, and makes for a dessert worth discussing. Have you ever tried or made a chocolate salami?
- 9 ounces dark chocolate
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 1 ounces espresso vodka
- 2 cups coarsely chopped cookies
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pistachios
- 1 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high 1 minute at a time, stirring after each minute until the chocolate is melted.
- Add the condensed milk and vodka and, using a spoon, stir well to combine.
- Fold in the cookie pieces and pistachios.
- Place the mixture on plastic wrap, sprinkle with the salt, tightly roll the salame up, and twist the ends tightly before refrigerating at least two hours.
- Place the powdered sugar on a clean work surface. Unwrap the salame and roll in the powdered sugar, making sure to coat it thoroughly.
- Thinly slice and serve on top of your favorite cookies or crackers for a sweet and savory snack.